This is a newly open tour routes destinations this tour will introduce you to Bhutan and GNH, insights into “Happiness in Action”. You may fly in to Paro and visit major western Bhutan region of valleys with snow clapped and pristine mountains. This Journey will start at 2300 Mt to 3200,then slowly descends blending with green mountains along the river, crossing small villages, township and settlements, follows the narrow valley, gradually descending to foothills of southern Bhutan, witnessing a sea of changes in the vegetation. Finally, to Manas wild life sanctuary experience.
This tour will take you to some beautiful places to experience authentic Bhutan
11 Nights | 12 Days
Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Tsirang, Gelephu, S/jong & Manas
Day 1: Abroad To Paro
Your introduction to our enchanting kingdom begins on a flight over the Himalayas into the lush green valley of Paro; truly one of the world’s most spectacular sights… You will view the world’s highest, most majestic peaks and enjoy the view of the approaching valley with its primeval alpine forest, monasteries, temples and farmhouse nestled in splendid mountain isolation.
On arrival to Paro you will be received by our representative, the tour guide, and driven to Hotel for check in Paro Hotel
After lunch: Sightseeing
On arrival to Paro visit :
National Musuem(TaDzong) This is once the Watch Tower for the RinpungDzong. It was converted into a NationalMuseum in 1968. It has many national treasures and a visit to the Museum will provide an excellent introduction to Bhutan and its history.
Paro Dzong: RinpungDzong The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. A flagstone path rises gradually from a beautiful wooden bridge with shingle roofing and abutted by two guard houses, to the dzong. Today, the Dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for the monastic school.
Evening: Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple one of the oldest Temple built in Bhutan by, and it houses the Jo Jampa future Buddha and the Guru Lhakhang with ancient painting, Evening strolls around the small and cozy town of Paro
Day 2: Paro to Taktsang – Thimphu
Today, we go to a place that has become a must for every visitor to Bhutan – the hike up to the “Tiger’s Nest” or Taktshang monastery. This religious edifice, about 800 meters above the Paro valley floor, is built on a dizzying ledge of a gigantic granite cliff that hangs on a mountainside. Buddhists consider the place so holy that to visit it once in a lifetime is considered a must. It was here that Padmasambhava, an eighth century master who is considered to be the second Buddha in the Himalayan Buddhist world, mediated and concealed religious teachings for the future generations. After Taktshang visit, we stop for lunch at a cafeteria en- route, and then descending to base and drive to Thimphu. En route visit the 14th century Temple and the Iron bridge. Check into your hotel inn
Day 3: Thimphu to Thimphu Sightseeing
Visit: Kuenselphodrang where the world’s biggest Buddha statue is built overlooking the valley, massive statue of Shakyamuni measures in at a height of 51.5 m, making it one of the largest statues of Buddha in the world.
Visit: The Arts and Craft school (Zorig Chusum)
Visit: Indigenous hospital, Traditional Medicine Centre which includes a herbal medicine
Afternoon: Visit the Pangri Zampa Astrological collage, Visit: Tara temple
Visit Thimphu Trashichhodzong, the Central Secretariat of the Government
Evening: Dinner at the local Bhutanese restaurant Overnight: Hotel
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha
Drive to Punakha stop at the Dochu- la pass (3150mrs). The Dochula Pass is a mountain pass in the snow covered Himalayas within Bhutan on the road from Thimphu to Punakha where 108 memorial Chortens or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens.
En- route to Punakha. Short hike to Chimilhakhang, taking you across rice paddies to the Temple of Fertility at Lobesa, dedicated to the 15th century Buddhist master and iconoclast Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the Divine Madman. Today, the temple is frequented by barren couples to receive the blessings of fertility from a 15th century wooden phallus and prayers. This temple currently very respected on power of fertility, many local and international couple, children visit to get blessing . After Lunch at local restaurant: visit
Our most significant visit today is Punakha Dzong, a magnificent castle-fortress that served as the old capital of Bhutan. It is considered the best specimen of Bhutanese architecture. Built in 1637 on the confluence of the Pho Chu (male river) and Mo Chu (female river) this fortress monastery is the preserve of Bhutan’s most precious religious relics and treasures. It is in this monument that the Kiings of Bhutan are crowned and the head of Buddhism in Bhutan (Chief Abbot) winter resident
Day 5: Punakha to Tsirang- Gelephu
Drive to Wangdue – Tsirang – Gelephu 170 km (6 hours)
After breakfast: Drive to Gelephu southern Bhutan through the Tsirang, Sarpang and to Gelephu The road descends following experience beautiful drive through the River valleys passing several villages, local market finally winding roads descends through the foot hills to the plains. Just before Gelephu you reach to Sarpang finally to Gelephu. On arrival to Gelephu. Hot spring area where people visit to try hot spring as it is considered as medicinal most popular hot spring visited by the Bhutanese for their healing. Overnight at Tsachu Eco lodge Private Wood dining, towering trees and forested valleys all around. Serene Air in the evenings was cool and refreshing, Sleep with light sound of river Mau, complete Nature retreat with a beautiful river a short walk away.
Day 6: Gelephu To Gelephu
After leisure breakfast, visit Hot spring area where people visit to try hot spring as it is considered as medicinal most popular hot spring visited by the Bhutanese for their healing.
Day visits to village of Sershong, Pemaling and Lunch at farm house.
Overnight: Tsachu Eco lodge and relax.
Day 7: Gelephu To Gomphu- Pantang
Journey to Manas
After Breakfast Drive to Gomphu through Tingtibi, Drive from Eco lodge to Pantang will take you through pristine forest, experiencing Nature Paradise drive, You will come across small villages such as Tingtibi, Gomphu and to Pantang village town where you will overnight in this small basic Eco lodge by the River side.
Overnight: Pantang Eco lodge
Day 8: Pantang To Panbang - Manas
After Leisure local breakfast drive 25 Km to Panbang passing breath taking twin water fall to Panbang village town head quarter for Lower Kheng region. In Panbang visit the bamboo craft place made at Bjoka village. Explore around Panbang. Overnight: Panbang Eco lodge located by the meeting of two Major Giant River of Bhutan. You can see the wild animal by the river side.
Day 9: Manas Exploration
After Breakfast: Start your day with Rafting to Manas panbang, you're rafting in Manas River on the highlight experience ROYAL MANAS PARK
Royal Manas National Park is Bhutan’s first formally declared protected area, and the first to have a scientifically based management plan. Located in southern Bhutan along the Indian border, the park is connected by biological corridors to several other parks, and forms a very important part of the Bhutan Biological Conservation Complex (B2C2) landscape. Royal Manas covers a vast diversity of tropical grasslands, temperate moist forests, alpine meadows, and scrublands. There have been some 45 species of mammals, including one-horned rhinoceros, 366 species of birds, including four species of hornbills, and 900 species of vascular plants identified in the park. Royal Manas National Park is especially unique because over 92% of the park is still under forest cover; therefore it represents one of the best examples of the Eastern Himalayan ecosystem.
Day 10: Manas – Panbang – Nanglam 50 Km
After breakfast drive to Nanglam through the spectaculars forests stopping to see the wild animal. Overnight at Norbugang Eco lodge
Day 11: Nanglam - Pemagatsel- S/jongkhar
After breakfast drive to Pemagatsel District further to Samdrup jongkhar
Day 12: S/jongkhar to Guwahati – Depart
Our representative will see off from Guwahati Airport in Assam, India. Your immigration formalities will be done at the Kalanadi Check Post in India about 3 Km from Samdrupjongkhar border. It will then take about 2 hours to reach Guwahati Airport.
1. Drive through spectacular reserved forest
2. Experience the remote rural life of Bhutan
3. Encounter the interesting vegetation changes
4. Special Elephant safari to see wild life
5. Birding hot spots
7. Exciting rafting / Boating
8. Nature walks and hiking
9. Hot spring
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